Nathan Sutherland

Mug shot of Nathan Sutherland.

PHOENIX (AP) -- A former nurse charged with raping and impregnating an incapacitated patient at Hacienda HealthCare in Phoenix has lost his appeal of a court order requiring a test to determine if he has HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases.

The Arizona Court of Appeals on June 3 declined Nathan Sutherland’s bid to undo the requirement.

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Sutherland argues there’s no probable cause to believe he has a sexually transmitted disease.

The test was ordered under a law that says people accused of sexual assault are subject to STD tests.

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Prosecutors say the law’s absence of a probable-cause requirement doesn’t violate constitutional protections.

Authorities say Sutherland was working as a nurse at Hacienda Healthcare in Phoenix when he raped the victim.

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Sutherland pleaded not guilty to the charges.

 


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